The responsibility for a boy’s advancement in Cub Scouting lies with the family and not with the pack. Some advancement requirements are done at den meetings, but most are completed at home with the family.
All boys, regardless of age, earn the Bobcat badge first, by learning the Cub Scout Promise, Law of the Pack, handshake, salute, sign, motto, and meaning of “Webelos”. After receiving the Bobcat badge the boys work on requirements based on their grade level.
Boys in 1st grade are part of the Tiger Cub program. They work closely with their adult partner to accomplish activities in their handbook. Recognition is immediate. Tiger Cubs follow the motto of “Search, Discover, Share”.
A Cub Scout who has completed the first grade (or is age 8) works on twelve achievements to earn the Wolf badge. After he earns his Wolf badge a boy may work on electives in different areas. For every ten electives he completes, the boy earns an Arrow point. The boy may earn as many arrow points as he wishes.
A Cub Scout who has completed the second grade (or is age 9) works to complete twelve of twenty-four achievements to earn the Bear badge. After he earns his Bear badge a boy may work on electives in different areas. For every ten electives he completes, the boy earns an Arrow point.
(Webelos is from the phrase “We’ll Be Loyal Scouts”)
When a Cub Scout has completed the third grade (or is age 10) he joins a Webelos den. Webelos Scouting is an 18-month transitional program between Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting. Webelos are still under the direction of the Cubmaster, but hold their own activities and do many things too advanced for younger boys.
At the end of the Webelos program, the Scouts truly have a taste for what Boy Scouting is all about. The boys work on requirements for the Webelos badge, twenty-one activity bages, and the Arrow of Light. The Arrow of Light is the highest award in Cub Scouting.
Camping and outdoor programs are an important part of the 18-month Webelos program. In February of a Webelos Scout’s fifth grade year he graduates from Cub Scouting into the adventures of Boy Scouting at an impressive ceremony.